Oh yes, it’s ladies’ night at the Wiesbaden Casino

by Karen Bradbury
Stripes Europe

Ladies, looking for a night out without men tagging along? If you’re in Wiesbaden, you’re in luck. And with a little more luck, you just might end the evening with more money in your pocket than when you started (implausible for sure, but it could happen…)

On the first Thursday of each month, the Spielbank, another name for the casino in the stylish and sophisticated Kurhaus, has a deal for all those of the female persuasion: Ladies’ Night. On the night, all ladies are offered free entry, a free glass of Sekt (sparkling wine), and a chip for placing a bet. As an added bonus, there’s a chance to win a 25 euro voucher to be redeemed at the Douglas perfume and cosmetics shop. The draw takes place twice nightly, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Even if you don’t end up striking it big yourself, it’s fun to take in the ambiance created by the high-stakes players placing their bets, or just taking in the hall’s sumptuous wooden interior. What’s also nice about the Spielbank is while you’re there, you’re flirting with history. Wiesbaden’s first Kurhaus was built in 1807-1810, at a time when the city was increasingly attracting high society and Russian nobility. The famous Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky visited Wiesbaden on several occasions starting from 1862 and gambled heavily there, landing himself into significant debt. This is thought to be what propelled him to write his famous book “The Gambler,” considered a classic of world literature. Pay homage to the Kurhaus’s illustrious history by stopping to read the plaque on the wall there.

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